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GPs ‘in crisis’ as one in four fear surgery is in danger of closing


GPs are facing “insurmountable pressures”, experts have said as they warned that the NHS “will not survive” without general practice.

A new report into GP pressures suggests one in four staff fear their practice is in danger of closing because of unmanageable workloads and rising demand.

The document, from the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), says general practice is “in crisis”, and makes a series of calls to help ease pressures and stop the growing number of GPs from quitting.

The report says GPs are bracing for “winter-style pressures” well into spring and summer.

“The workload pressures in general practice over this winter have been immense, and high levels of patient demand are set to continue for some time,” the report authors wrote.

“General practice is in crisis. We cannot rely on short-term emergency funding pots over winter to try and paper over the cracks."

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Source: The Independent, 10 March 2023

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